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Clay Matthews brings versatility to Rams as pass rusher and ILB
The connection between the Los Angeles Rams and Clay Matthews was obvious from the start of free agency. He’s a veteran nearing the end of his career and seeking a Super Bowl ring, much like the way Andrew Whitworth was when he signed in 2017 and Eric Weddle is after joining the Rams this year.
It goes beyond that, too, with Matthews being from California and playing his college ball at USC, which calls the Coliseum home. The Rams finally connected the dots officially on Tuesday, agreeing to a two-year deal with Matthews, bringing him back to California after 10 years in Green Bay.
Matthews is obviously a proven pass rusher, but he brings more than just that to the table. He can play outside linebacker as well as inside ‘backer, offering versatility on defense. The Rams are looking for help at both spots after cutting Mark Barron and getting very little production from their edge rushers not named Dante Fowler Jr.
Matthews played inside and outside linebacker with the Packers for several years, including a full-time stint in the middle for the 2015 season. That year, he made the Pro Bowl with 66 tackles, one interception, 6.5 sacks and 14 tackles for loss. Now, Matthews isn’t the player he was four years ago, but he’s still a versatile player … if the Rams want him to be.
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12 hours ago
Report: Rams to sign Clay Matthews
The Los Angeles Rams are making another splash. The day after signing Blake Bortles, the team is adding pass rusher Clay Matthews, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
As Rapoport points out, Matthews was one of the biggest names left on the market. The Rams were desperately lacking outside pass-rushing help at times last season, so Matthews is a natural fit to play outside linebacker.
According to Mike Garafolo of NFL Network, it’s a two-year deal worth up to $16.75 million. Garafolo reports that Matthews had larger offers but chose to go with the Rams to stay closer to home and chase a ring. Matthews played his college ball at USC.
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12 hours ago
Ex-Packers LB Matthews to Rams on 2-year deal
After a decade with the Green Bay Packers, linebacker Clay Matthews has agreed to terms with the Los Angeles Rams on a two-year contract, the team announced Tuesday.
Matthews, who grew up in Southern California and walked on at USC, signaled his return to Los Angeles on his Twitter account.
The Packers' career sack leader with 83.5, Matthews registered only 3.5 sacks last season, the lowest single-season total of his career. That was despite his playing in all 16 games in the final season of a five-year, $66 million contract.
"We want to thank Clay for all that he has contributed to the Packers over the past 10 seasons. As the franchise's all-time sack leader and an integral part of Green Bay's Super Bowl XLV championship, he will be remembered as one of the greatest players in the history of the organization," Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst said in a statement. "Clay will always be a member of the Packers family. We wish him, his wife, Casey, and the rest of their family all the best moving forward."
Matthews, 32, joins a position group that includes outside linebackers Dante Fowler, who signed a one-year "prove it" deal worth up to $12 million before the start of free agency, and Samson Ebukam. The Rams also return starting inside linebacker Cory Littleton, who received a second-round tender after he led the team with 90 tackles and intercepted three passes, returning one for a touchdown, last season.
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12 hours ago
Arnold Schwarzenegger Condemns Trump's Attacks on McCain - The Atlantic
The former California governor called President Trump’s attacks on John McCain “absolutely unacceptable.”
Arnold Schwarzenegger and John McCain saw in each other a willingness to buck the Republican Party and became fast friends and political allies. Mindful of McCain’s legacy, the former California governor said on Wednesday he couldn’t stay silent in the face of President Trump’s recent spate of attacks on the late senator.  
He told me Trump’s swipes at McCain are both disgraceful and destructive. “He was just an unbelievable person,” Schwarzenegger said. “So an attack on him is absolutely unacceptable if he’s alive or dead—but even twice as unacceptable since he passed away a few months ago. It doesn’t make any sense whatsoever to do that. I just think it’s a shame that the president lets himself down to that kind of level. We will be lucky if everyone in Washington followed McCain’s example, because he represented courage.”
mccain  trump  politics  gov2.0  twitter  RIP  SMH 
12 hours ago
Apple's second-gen AirPods include hands-free Siri, longer talk time, wireless charging, and more | iMore
The best wireless earphones on the market just got even better.
Apple just took the wraps off its second-generation AirPods. The update to the company's true wireless earphones adds support for "Hey Siri" and include an all-new Apple-designed H1 chip for more efficient performance, faster connection times, and better battery life. The new AirPods also come with either a standard charging case or the new Wireless Charging Case.
Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing, said:
AirPods delivered a magical wireless experience and have become one of the most beloved products we've ever made. They connect easily with all of your devices and provide crystal clear sound and intuitive, innovative control of your music and audio. The world's best wireless headphones just got even better with the new AirPods. They are powered by the new Apple-designed H1 chip which brings an extra hour of talk time, faster connections, hands-free 'Hey Siri' and the convenience of a new wireless battery case.
The new H1 chip features a custom audio architecture for a better audio synchronization and allows AirPods to provide up to 50 percent more talk time compared to the first-gen. It also enables faster connection times and more seamless switching when moving between iOS devices. AirPods now feature "Hey Siri" for the first time allowing you to issue voice commands without the need to double-tap on the side of one of your AirPods.
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12 hours ago
Apple Announces New AirPods with ‘Hey Siri’ Support, New H1 Chip, Wireless Charging Case Option – MacStories
In a surprise announcement following a string of daily releases this week, Apple today announced a major update to AirPods, the company's wireless earbuds. As widely speculated over the past several months, the new generation AirPods come with support for hands-free 'Hey Siri' activation, feature improved performance over the original AirPods (which launched in late 2016), and support wireless charging (using the Qi standard) via an optional case.
“AirPods delivered a magical wireless experience and have become one of the most beloved products we’ve ever made. They connect easily with all of your devices, and provide crystal clear sound and intuitive, innovative control of your music and audio,” said Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “The world’s best wireless headphones just got even better with the new AirPods. They are powered by the new Apple-designed H1 chip which brings an extra hour of talk time, faster connections, hands-free ‘Hey Siri’ and the convenience of a new wireless battery case.”
While the second-generation AirPods share the same design of the originals, their wireless architecture has been completely rebuilt with the inclusion of Apple's new H1 chip, which is debuting today. Apple has not provided in-depth technical details about the underpinnings of the new H1 chip, focusing instead on the practical benefits of AirPods' new "custom audio architecture". First off, the H1 chip allows AirPods to deliver "up to 50 percent more talk time compared to first generation AirPods". Additionally, switching between devices while listening to music on an iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch is now up to two times faster, while connection time for phone calls is 1.5x faster compared to the original AirPods.
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12 hours ago
Apple’s updated AirPods are here, cost $199 with new wireless charging case | Ars Technica
Existing AirPod owners can buy the wireless charging case for $79, too.
After announcing new iPads and iMacs earlier this week, Apple has released details about its next-generation AirPods. The new wireless earbuds, which are available for preorder today starting at $159, come with an updated, Apple-designed chip, more battery life, and "Hey Siri" voice-command support. Apple also debuted a new wireless charging case for AirPods that can be charged with any Qi wireless charger.
We didn't expect Apple to radically redesign the AirPods this time around, and they look nearly identical to the previous model. Inside, however, is a new H1 chip that Apple designed specifically for headphones. The company claims the new chip will provide up to 50 percent more talk time than previous models, faster connect times when switching between iPhone, iPad, and other Apple host devices, and general performance improvements.
The new H1 chip also lets AirPods listen for the "Hey Siri" voice command. Previously, users had to touch the side of one AirPod before speaking a command to Siri, Apple's virtual assistant. Now, users can just say the waking command before asking Siri to do things like adjust the volume, play a different song, and more.
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12 hours ago
2019 NHL Draft: Jack Hughes and beyond - Jewels From The Crown
We don’t know where the Kings are picking yet, but we know it should be a good one.
With the Kings officially eliminated from playoff contention, Kings fans now turn their attention towards the upcoming draft. They could pick first, if the lottery balls go their way. And if they do, Rob Blake’s going to have a pretty easy decision to make.
It’s what happens if the Kings slip in the draft — they could conceivably pick fourth or fifth, or lower still if they somehow manage to string together some wins over the next 10 games — that makes things interesting.
While you’re toying with your draft simulator of choice over the next few weeks, we’ll help you out a little bit. Today’s our first in a series of posts profiling some of the top prospects for the 2019 NHL Draft. Don’t know your Kaapo Kakko from your Kirby Dach? We’ve got you covered.
We’ll be back on Friday with more player profiles. Until then, let us know in the comments if you’ve got a favorite prospect who you’d like to learn more about? We’ll make sure they’re on our list for future profiles.
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12 hours ago
LA Rams to sign LB Clay Matthews - Turf Show Times
Another veteran is headed to LA at the tail end of his career. How much is left in the tank?
Well, the Los Angeles Rams have yet another veteran coming to LA for 2019.
After rumors circulated last week, former Green Bay Packers LB Clay Matthews is indeed signing with the Rams.
A six-time Pro Bowler, Matthews is at the end of his career. I’m not sure how much he has in the tank, but there are still plenty of positives to having him around both in the locker room and as a leader on the field. I’m not sure the Rams were short of the latter, but it could be a low-cost, low-risk move regardless.
If anything, it’s a move that will make USC Trojans fans happy to see one of their own join the Rams along with WR Robert Woods, CB Nickell Robey-Coleman and RB Justin Davis.
The Rams are gearing up for an interesting transition era from last year’s Super Bowl or bust effort that will see Matthews, LT Andrew Whitworth, S Eric Weddle and potentially CB Aqib Talib playing out their final days in LA.
It’s not hard to see why the Rams would be such an attractive place for talented vets like this group.
We’ll just have to see if Matthews has enough juice to squeeze for one more year.
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12 hours ago
Rams, Clay Matthews agree to terms on two-year deal
The Rams will be bringing home a Southern California native, as linebacker Clay Matthews has agreed to terms on a two-year contract with Los Angeles.
The son of former Browns and Falcons linebacker Clay Matthews Jr., and the grandson of former 49ers offensive tackle Clay Matthews Sr., Clay Matthews III played at Agoura High School — which is just 15 minutes from the Rams’ Thousand Oaks, Calif. practice facility — and walked on at USC before becoming the Packers’ No. 26 overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft.
Spending the first 10 seasons of his career in Green Bay, Matthews is a six-time Pro Bowler and was the Pro Football Writers of America’s 2010 Defensive Player of the Year. He’s recorded 83.5 career sacks in 143 games with 137 starts.
While Matthews entered the league as a pass rusher, he’s proven his versatility by also playing at middle linebacker at points throughout his career. Starting all 16 games in 2018, Matthews recorded 3.5 sacks, seven tackles for loss, 12 quarterback hits, and a forced fumble.
Heading into his 11th NFL season, Matthews will turn 33 on May 14.
The Rams are slated to begin their offseason program in mid-April.
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12 hours ago
Rams LB Clay Matthews: 8 things to know about the former Packer
The Los Angeles Rams continued their free-agent haul on Tuesday, signing veteran linebacker Clay Matthews. The former Packers star hit the market after Green Bay opted not to re-sign him, ending a 10-year tenure with the franchise.
The Rams are getting a versatile player who can line up at several spots, adding to the pass rush, but also helping the run defense. With Matthews making up to $16.75 million for two years, he didn’t come cheap, but the Rams needed help on defense.
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14 hours ago
Free Agency Report Card Roundup: Grading the addition of Weddle, re-signing Fowler
The Rams addressed two of their defense’s top priorities just before the start of free agency in signing safety Eric Weddle and re-signing outside linebacker Dante Fowler Jr.
A week into free agency, theRams.com took a look around the media landscape to see how each move was graded.
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14 hours ago
Rams backup QB Blake Bortles reportedly signing 1-year, $1m deal - Turf Show Times
Money is funny.
The Los Angeles Rams signed former Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles on Monday to back up QB Jared Goff for the 2019 season.
But today, from ESPN’s Field Yates, we learn that the cost of doing so will be very, very, very low:
That is, to use the parlance, an absolute steal.
The saga was a bit strange though. Jacksonville signed Bortles to a three-year deal just a year ago. By releasing him after one season in that deal, they had to eat $16.5m of dead money, but it would at least take him off their books for 2020. It was probably the wise move for the Jags, but only because they had put themselves in that position.
So with the $6.5m levy incurred this year, Bortles wasn’t in a position to need to really look for full market value. Instead, he could take a team-friendly deal and try to boost his profile in hopes for a career rebound in 2020.
Here’s hoping it works out for all involved this year.
football  rams  bortles  money 
14 hours ago
Blake Bortles’ contract details show Rams got an absolute bargain
With Sean Mannion being a free agent and Brandon Allen not looking like a capable backup, the Los Angeles Rams needed someone to slot in behind Jared Goff on the depth chart. They found that player in Blake Bortles, who they signed to a one-year deal on Monday night.
The exact terms of the contract weren’t made immediately available, making many wonder exactly how much the Rams paid Bortles to bring him to L.A. It turns out, the former Jaguars quarterback is getting very little from the Rams.
According to Field Yates of ESPN, the deal is worth only $1 million for one season, which is an absolute bargain – even for a backup quarterback.
As Yates notes, the Rams were able to bring in Bortles for cheap because the Jaguars were already on the hook for $6.5 million in 2019. It came with offset language, though, so the Rams’ $1 million will be deducted from the $6.5 million Jacksonville owes.
That allowed Bortles to truly pick the best situation and still make the same amount of money ($6.5 million) regardless, unless a team was willing to pay him more than $6.5 million. That was never going to happen, though.
football  rams  bortles  money 
14 hours ago
Washington must change the system that encourages high drug prices | TheHill
“Take away our rebates? We’ll just up premiums.” This is the threat from pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) and insurers if rebates are passed back to seniors in Medicare.
PBMs determine the formularies for Medicare beneficiaries, thus controlling what drugs they can get, where they can get them and how much they will pay for them. Ideally, placement on the preferred formulary should be based on efficacy, safety and lowest list price. However, preferred status is determined by highest price concessions from manufacturers in the form of rebates and administration fees.
For years, PBMs have disguised the billions of dollars in rebates and fees they pocket from manufacturers by describing them as “savings” to the health care system. These rebates are kickbacks to the PBM from the manufacturer for preferred placement on the formulary.
politics  gov2.0  pharmacy  money  big_pharma 
14 hours ago
Ye Olde Fashion
This 1948 Alfred Eisenstaedt photo shows high school girls in Des Moines, Iowa conforming to the local dress code of skirts, white blouses and ties.
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Julian's Hot Wheels Blog: Custom Camaro (2019 RLC Club Car Exclusive!)
It's that time of year again! Hopefully you were able to sign up or renew your membership, there will be a lot of awesome exclusive cars to come. If not, there's always 2020! Anyways, this beautiful Spectraflame black Camaro comes with an opening hood which is always cool. It also has working suspensions which is fun to play around with. It's an all around awesome metal/metal diecast!
cars  hot_wheels  collecting  camaro 
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Objective-See's Blog: Death by vmmap
a core mojave utility is rather disastrously broken
Background
As a casual macOS bug hunter, I often wonder (worry?) if the number of bugs in Apple’s desktop operating system are decreasing. Good news, in each new release of macOS, it appears that new bugs are constantly added!
In this blog post, we dive into a rather annoying bug apparently introduced in macOS Mojave (10.14). Though it doesn’t have significant security implications, it can bring any macOS Mojave system to its knees… forcing the unfortunate user to hard-reboot their shiny Mac.
It may come as a surprise, but I rarely (if ever) go off hunting for bugs in macOS. Yes, due to my stint at the NSA I’m often looking at things from the viewpoint of a hacker - so occasionally will go off and poke on the OS. However, the majority of the time, I’m minding my own business hard at work on tools such as LuLu or TaskExplorer. But often tool development is enough to uncover serious vulnerabilities in macOS (such a kernel mode panic or a kernel mode heap-overflow).
When Mojave was released, I started to receive reports from users, that TaskExplorer would cause the entire system to fully hang…badly. Like, even the spinning beach ball of death would refuse to spin. A hard reboot was the only option that would bring Mojave back to life.
Mac users were understandably rather upset (at me):
“People cannot afford to lose their work / logs as a result of a crash that you know is likely to happen once Task Explorer is opened. From one professional to another, this appears extremely careless and unfair.”
Besides inconveniencing users, (and yah, not stoked to be labeled “extremely careless”), I was rather perturbed as TaskExplorer had been running without issue for the better part of a year. Was a change in Mojave ultimately responsible for the system lock-up? Let’s find out!
utilities  bug  macOS  10.14  diagnostics  troubleshooting 
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Antonio Brown's Exit From the Steelers Wasn't Selfish - The Atlantic
Stars like Antonio Brown are supposed to sacrifice for their team’s sake, but teams don’t repay the favor.
The idea that NFL players might put themselves before their team is a scary proposition for the league. Because if the players really start understanding their own value, they just might get what they’re actually worth.
The wide receiver Antonio Brown did. After months of friction with the Pittsburgh Steelers, where he was a key piece of the offense, and with the quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, Brown pushed his way out of the team. Last week, the Steelers dealt him to the Oakland Raiders.
For this, Brown has been categorized as selfish and petulant. “To be able to play with an all-time quarterback like he’s able to play with, I don’t think he understands how good he has it,” the respected veteran wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald said at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference earlier this month, before the trade materialized. “It can get tough out there.” The additional $30 million in guaranteed salary that Brown received from his new team has been cast as a reward for abandoning his old one. “Antonio Brown quit on his teammates & exhibited highly erratic behavior,” the NFL analyst Ross Tucker tweeted, “and as a result got a $20M raise with $30M guaranteed. Great lesson for all the kids out there.”
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Would You 'Wing-Delete' the McLaren Senna? | DriveTribe
I always stated that McLaren's newest track car is as ugly as it is heavy, and that is chiefly because of the wing. Other than the ridiculous shape of the pillars holding it, it's also mounted way too close to the greenhouse. I understand that the wing serves the purpose, but it looks stupid, and it could've been done better.
Just compare it to the Senna GTR and tell me that the pillars couldn't have been pushed further back and angled?
WHAT IF WE JUST REMOVE THE WING?
A UK based petrolhead and photoshop guru YasidDesign just posted on his Instagram a series of images showing the McLaren Senna without the wing. It's also sitting one some weird-looking GOVAD forged wheels and is lowered even more than the standard Senna.
But the main thing is wing delete, and would you just LOOK AT IT 👇
Suddenly it's the best looking McLaren on sale today, and it's trading blows with my all-time favorite MaCa, the P1 GTR! Without the wing getting in your way you can clearly see the layering of carbon-fiber blades surrounding the engine, but also some really cool looking vertical blades running down the rear hips and helping with the straight line stability.
It looks amazing! Don't get me wrong, it's not beautiful - in the same way that the T-Rex is not beautiful, but it undeniably cool!
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Aston Martin AM-RB 003 vs McLaren Senna – How Two Hypercars Measure Up
We compare these rival hypercars, but only hypothetically, as the Aston doesn't come out until 2021.
We compare specs on a pair of million-dollar cars, the McLaren Senna and a car tipped to be its rival, the Aston Martin AM-RB 003.
The AM-RB 003, which made its debut at the Geneva auto show earlier this month, was developed in part by the same person as the Senna: British racer Chris Goodwin.
Aston hasn't released a weight target for the 003, but we would be surprised if it could get close to the Senna's svelte figure.
Hypercar buyers have never had it so good. There's plenty of choice for those with the happy ability to spend around a million bucks on a car capable of pacing genuine race cars on track. Aston Martin's forthcoming entry in the segment is set to offer another compelling alternative. We've already told you about the AM-RB 003, which will be given a more traditional name before it goes on sale in 2021. We thought it would be interesting to look at it against the car that Aston's senior engineers cite as its principal benchmark rival, the McLaren Senna.
Of course, if you want a Senna but don't already have one, then it's already too late and you'll have to buy used. McLaren has already sold its full allocation of 500, despite a price of more than $960,000, and has built and delivered the bulk of these to owners. It has also just dropped images and details for the track-only GTR spinoff, but that one, too, has already sold out, despite a price of $1,200,000. Aston Martin says it plans to build 500 of the AM-RB 003, with price expected to be the equivalent of about $1,300,000 at current exchange rates. The good news is, it's not too late to get your name down for one; you can worry about how to afford it later on.
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Lotus Cars Boss Confirms There's Still Life in the Famous Brand
An all-new sports car is coming later this year, and the good news is that the U.S. will be a crucial part of the Lotus sales strategy in the future.
Lotus is bringing out a new sports car on a new platform by the end of the year, according to CEO Phil Popham.
The company intends to bring out a range of cars from entry-level to supercar, he told C/D.
U.S. federal standards will be on the top of Lotus's list to ensure growth in our market.
It has been nearly nine years since Lotus's then boss, Dany Bahar, stood next to six concept cars at the 2010 Paris auto show and promised to build all of them. The unveiling, and Lotus's recruitment of a roster of celebrities with little obvious connection to the brand, is now remembered as a high point for corporate hubris. None of the new cars ever made production, and Bahar was ousted from his position less than two years later.
Beyond updates of its existing models, Lotus hasn't launched anything since; the brand's most recently introduced model remains the Evora, which we first drove almost exactly a decade ago.
But now Lotus has both a new owner—Chinese giant Geely, which also has Volvo in its stable—and a new boss, with former Jaguar Land Rover executive Phil Popham having recently replaced Bahar's successor, Jean-Marc Gales. Car and Driver was invited to the company's Hethel, England, headquarters earlier this week to find out what he is planning for what remains one of the world's most famous sports-car brands.
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The McLaren F1's CD Changer Is Actually One of Its Coolest Features
The 243 mph, three-seat McLaren F1 supercar has been a legend since the ’90s and I thought it was safe to say that there was nothing new to learn about this thing anymore. But I was proven wrong about that today.
So you might want to go ahead and watch this 40-minute McLaren F1 tour with our old pal Doug DeMuro in Jay Leno’s Garage.
Mr. DeMuro’s M.O. is a simple one–he finds and explains the most interesting elements of cool cars. The McLaren F1 is an interesting element in of itself. “The ultimate high-performance car of the 20th century,” in fact, as Leno himself describes it in this video.
But my personal favorite nugget of knowledge here was learning about how Gordon Murray integrated light-weighting into the CD changer. That’s about four minutes in–apparently magnetic pieces were made out of aluminum, which were magnetized by a special spray to save “something like six ounces.”
Why the cars engineers decided to do that, instead of just omitting a CD changer altogether, is as hilarious to me as the idea of doing some roadside maintenance on a McLaren F1 with the dinky little titanium wrenches included in the car’s factory toolkit. But this is all just what makes this car so freaking amazing.
cars  mclaren  90s  video  overview  cd  music 
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Mike Trout Is A $430 Million Bargain | FiveThirtyEight
Now it’s up to the Angels to finally build a winner around him.
As reported by ESPN’s Jeff Passan on Tuesday, the Los Angeles Angels are closing in on a 12-year contract extension worth at least $430 million with outfielder Mike Trout, setting the all-time mark for both the largest contract (passing Bryce Harper’s $330 million deal from a few weeks ago) and the greatest average annual contract value in baseball history. Trout is a longtime object of fascination for us here at FiveThirtyEight; we’ve frequently extolled his virtues as baseball’s best and most consistent star. Now he has the record-breaking contract to match his talent — but one that might still represent a big bargain for the Angels. And the deal’s long-term nature only renews questions about Trout’s ability to win in L.A., as well as his potential to break through as a star off the field.
At first glance, about $36 million per year seems like a tremendous deal for the Angels. According to FanGraphs’ estimated market values based on wins above replacement (WAR), a player with Trout’s 2018 production should have been worth about $79 million last season. That’s nothing new for Trout: FanGraphs estimates that he was worth $55 million (in 70 percent of a full season) in 2017, $78 million in 2016 and $74 million in 2016. So if Trout continues his recent pace, the Angels will basically be paying him half of what he’d be worth on the open market over the next few seasons.
Of course, Trout is also 27 this year, traditionally the age at which baseball players peak. Trout’s new deal will take him through 2030, his age-38 season. Even though no player in baseball history has posted more career WAR through their age-26 season than Trout,1 it’s probably safe to assume that Trout won’t continue to be a 10-WAR-per-season machine throughout the entire life of this contract.
The old saying that “Father Time is undefeated” remains true — perhaps truer now than ever. And even star-level players peak more quickly than you might expect. While Willie Mays and Hank Aaron were superstars late into their careers, other outfielders similar to Trout — such as Ken Griffey Jr. and Andruw Jones — fell off a performance cliff after age 30 and never recovered.
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The Lakers Badly Miss Lonzo Ball, Flaws and All, but Do They Want Him to Stay? | Bleacher Report | Latest News, Videos and Highlights
LOS ANGELES — The Lakers season is winding down, well short of their playoff goal. It wasn't supposed to be this way at 31-38, not with LeBron James in town and a roster filled with young players poised for stardom.
Injuries and chemistry took care of those hopes. And while the season at hand was the greatest loss, right behind it was the development those young players were supposed to make with James. Few lost more than second-year point guard Lonzo Ball, sidelined since he suffered an ankle injury in a Jan. 19 loss to Houston and ruled out for the rest of the season.
On the court, Ball needed time to adjust to playing alongside a superstar like James. Gradually, though, the two began to build a rapport, with Ball proving to be a willing and active screener to help James get open lanes to the basket. The 2017 No. 2 overall pick made his biggest mark defensively, with relentless activity, great hands and sharp instincts.
"He's an impact player on that side of the ball," a Western Conference executive said. "I'm surprised he's that good defensively. Coming out of UCLA, that was a question."
In the 34 games Ball and James played together this season, the Lakers won 20, per NBA.com. That's a 58.8 winning percentage, which projects to 40-ish wins through 69 games played. It would put the Lakers in range of the Houston Rockets (43-26), Portland Trail Blazers (42-26) and Oklahoma City Thunder (42-27), fighting for home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs.
Over that stretch, whenever James and Ball shared the court, the Lakers had an offensive net rating of 105.8 points per 100 possessions, a positive 3.1 with the team's 102.7 defensive rating. In comparison, the tandem of veteran point guard Rajon Rondo and James has an offensive rating of 101.4, a defensive rating of 108 and a minus-6.6 net rating.
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Lakers Rumors: One NBA GM shocked by how good Lonzo Ball is on defense - Silver Screen and Roll
Lonzo Ball surprised quite a few people with his ability on defense. The Lakers definitely miss him.
Since Lonzo Ball went down with a sprained ankle, the Los Angeles Lakers have essentially forgotten how to play defense. Now, a ton else (the trade deadline, the head coach being undercut by management and leadership on the roster alike, injuries, etc.) is going into that result, but swapping out arguably the team’s best defensive presence for Rajon Rondo has gone exactly how everyone outside of Magic Johnson’s office would have predicted.
In an article by Eric Pincus of Bleacher Report, one NBA executive was willing to admit he didn’t see this kind of impact coming before Ball made his way to the league:
“He’s an impact player on that side of the ball,” a Western Conference executive said. “I’m surprised he’s that good defensively. Coming out of UCLA, that was a question.”
We do this weird thing in defining skillsets where highly-skilled offensive players aren’t allowed to also be good defenders until they prove their case beyond a reasonably doubt, whereas raw athletes have to show that they actually aren’t good defenders before we grant that point.
Ball still to this day has detractors when it comes to his defensive abilities, despite having shown pretty consistently that, whenever he’s healthy, he’s as capable as any other point guard in the NBA in that aspect of the game.
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0DAYROX ► Melodic Rock, AOR, Hard Rock, Prog, Classic Rock news: THE BLACK CROWES - Souled Out Live [Japan Only release] Out Of Print
To make it more complete THE BLACK CROWES' remastered reissues request, here's a rarity: "Souled Out Live", a Japan-only release now out of print.
The intention of this release was, in fact, to be the single "Go Faster" taken from the Crowes album 'By Your Side", but then they decided to make it bigger with the addition of a stupendous live performance.
To make it more complete THE BLACK CROWES' remastered reissues request, here's a rarity: "Souled Out Live", a Japan-only release now out of print.
The intention of this release was, in fact, to be the single "Go Faster" taken from the Crowes album 'By Your Side", but then they decided to make it bigger with the addition of a stupendous live performance.
It's well documented that THE BLACK CROWES shows during their first decade of existence were legendary. Long, extended performances, played with flesh & blood, plenty of energy.
There's dozens of live bootlegs, most of them approved by the band. The Crowes weren't afraid of people disappointed with any of their shows.
So this "Souled Out Live" includes officially taped, live performances of some of their best songs, 'extended play' versions full of magic.
These were recorded at The Fox Theatre, Atlanta, GA on Easter Sunday (April 4th) of 1999, supervised by the band and mixed by renowned Kevin Shirley (Aerosmith, Journey, Dream Theater, etc)
Collector's item
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The Hottest Chat App for Teens Is Google Docs - The Atlantic
How a writing tool became the new default way to pass notes in class
When the kids in Skyler’s school want to tell a friend something in class, they don’t scrawl a note down on a tiny piece of paper and toss it across the room. They use Google Docs.
“We don’t really pass physical notes anymore,” said Skyler, 15, who, like all the other students in this story, is identified by a pseudonym.
As more and more laptops find their way into middle and high schools, educators are using Google Docs to do collaborative exercises and help students follow along with the lesson plan. The students, however, are using it to organize running conversations behind teachers’ backs.
Teens told me they use Google Docs to chat just about any time they need to put their phone away but know their friends will be on computers. Sometimes they’ll use the service’s live-chat function, which doesn’t open by default, and which many teachers don’t even know exists. Or they’ll take advantage of the fact that Google allows users to highlight certain phrases or words, then comment on them via a pop-up box on the right side: They’ll clone a teacher’s shared Google document, then chat in the comments, so it appears to the casual viewer that they’re just making notes on the lesson plan. If a teacher approaches to take a closer look, they can click the Resolve button, and the entire thread will disappear.
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This Fun Fact Will Change the Way You Watch the Movie Airplane!
It’s no secret that the 1980 comedy movie Airplane! is a parody. But for some reason, I’ve spent my entire life believing that Airplane! was a broad parody of 1970s disaster movies. And while the movie clearly took inspiration from some of those films, it’s actually a very specific parody of a movie from 1957 called Zero Hour! Yes, with the exclamation point and everything.
How specific is the parody in Airplane? Huge chunks of dialogue in the classic comedy are taken verbatim from Zero Hour! Everything from “looks like I picked the wrong week to quit smoking” to a young boy visiting the cockpit are directly lifted from Zero Hour! Everyone on the flight getting poisoned by eating fish appears as a plot point in both movies as well. Even some of the character names are identical—Ted Stryker is the main character in both films.
So why didn’t the producers of Zero Hour! sue for plagiarism? The writers of Airplane! bought the rights to the old 1957 film to make sure there weren’t any problems.
You don’t have to take my word for how similar the two movies are. Zero Hour! is available for rental on YouTube for $2.99. And if you don’t feel like watching the entire thing, YouTube user Mason Wood created a side-by-side comparison of both movies a few years ago that you can view here.
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Blake Bortles looking forward to helping Jared Goff any way he can
Blake Bortles was viewed as the Jacksonville Jaguars’ franchise quarterback when he was selected third overall in 2014. He really struggled in Year 1 and took his rookie lumps, but in Year 2, he progressed with a franchise record 35 touchdown passes.
Since then, it’s been mostly downhill, aside from reaching the AFC championship game in 2017 where the Jaguars blew a 10-point fourth-quarter lead to the Patriots. Bortles has bottomed out after being benched last season, ending up as the Rams’ new backup quarterback.
He’s friends with Jared Goff and while he’d much rather be a starter in the league, he’s going to take this opportunity in stride and try to help the Rams as much as possible. Bortles is looking forward to working with Goff and Sean McVay in 2019 as he not only tries to revive his career, but also help the Rams win a Super Bowl.
“Being able to kind of step into a different role and just adding whatever I can to the quarterback room and to the offense and helping Jared any way I can and learning as much from Sean and Zac (Robinson) and everybody that I can be around,” Bortles said.
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Sorry, The 1,600-HP Koenigsegg Jesko Is Already Sold Out 
Perhaps one of the most tedious parts of meeting new people is finding common interests. But Koenigsegg is the bearer of good news this week, because you and roughly 7.5 billion other people now have something to bond over: your lack of a 1,600-horsepower, $3 million Jesko, which is officially sold out.
That’s because, dear reader, while you were debating whether to put your spare change toward a ninth vacation home, a car you’ll barely drive, or an actually worthy cause, others were taking action and buying the Jesko. Procrastinating never won anyone a limited-production supercar. You ought to learn that.
Koenigsegg, which calls the Jesko a “megacar,” announced Tuesday that it sold out just two weeks after it debuted at the Geneva Motor Show. The press release said Koenigsegg has down payments from dealers and customers for all 125 cars that will be built, but only a fraction of those came after the Geneva showing—Koenigsegg said 83 models, or about two-thirds of build slots, were sold before. The rest, the company said, came within five days of the debut.
There’s still hope for a few of the folks who don’t have their name on a Jesko yet, though. The dealer slots are for “potential clients who could not attend the Geneva show,” and the company said those people should contact their dealer—unless you’ve already bought that ninth vacation home and don’t have the room to splurge this month, of course.
Reports are that the Jesko will cost around $3 million, and Koenigsegg said production begins at the end of 2020—which is somehow next year, despite all of our best efforts to pretend that it’s still the mid 2000s. The company plans to build one per week once production starts.
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The Year Queen Became Godfathers of Metal | Editorial | Consequence of Sound
A band that absolutely should be in any conversation about the origins of heavy metal
The origins of the heavy metal genre have been debated across the decades. Many point to Black Sabbath as the genre’s inventors in 1970 while hard rockers like Led Zeppelin, The Who, and Deep Purple receive their dues for laying the groundwork for a heavier, darker, and distortion-heavy rock subgenre. But the band whose influence gets overlooked the most in these discussions has to be Queen. It’s an easy mistake to make. Queen certainly weren’t a “metal band,” and their influence extends to many other corners of the rock and pop universe. But the mark they made on metal groups to come with their pair of 1974 albums is unmistakable.
With its March release, Queen II jump-started the British rockers’ monumental year, peaking at No. 5 on the UK charts (19 spots higher than their debut effort). Though recorded in just one month, Queen II exhibited a focused energy that is still infectious 45 years later. The album’s success across the pond led to Queen’s first trip to America, where they supported glam rockers Mott the Hoople for a month. But it wouldn’t be long before all the young dudes of America preferred Queen’s exuberant theatrics and hard-rocking riffage over other glam rockers. Then, in November, Sheer Heart Attack hit record shelves and blasted the band into superstardom.
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The 2020 Toyota Supra Actually Comes in a Few Cool Colors
Say, did you know there’s a new Toyota Supra? Anyone heard anything about that? Probably not, since this was a car that was almost never discussed or relentlessly teased for what feels like a decade. Well, it’s finally here, and you can get in in some pretty cool colors.
As a quick recap, the new Supra—technically the 2020 Toyota GR Supra, for Gazoo Racing—has a twin-turbo 3.0-liter inline-six that makes 335 horsepower allowing the car to sprint to 60 mph in 4.1 seconds. That’s awesome. The platform and engine both come from BMW, and the car’s only available with an automatic transmission, which some folks feel is not quite as awesome.
We will have to wait to see how the final production version of the car drives, but based on reviews from the prototypes the new Supra is a serious sports car. It will initially launch in three flavors: the launch edition that starts at $55,250, the 3.0 Premium with an MSRP of $53,990 and the base 3.0 with a sticker price of $49,990. Beyond that, we don’t know much about additional options and packages but we do know what colors you can get.
Personally, I’m a sucker for dark blue or as Toyota calls it Downshift Blue, though that may make me a bit boring.
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2020 Toyota Supra Colors – See It in Yellow, Blue, Red, and More
We're enjoying the new Supra's color palette, which includes some nice hues such as yellow and blue.
We have only seen the new Toyota Supra in a select few exterior colors—until now. Toyota's website now shows all eight of the new sports car's exterior hues, which include the following: Absolute Zero White, Nocturnal Black, Renaissance Red 2.0, Phantom Matte Gray, Tungsten Silver, Turbulence Gray, Nitro Yellow, and Downshift Blue. So we put together a gallery of the Supra outfitted in each of these paint options so that you can pick your favorite. There isn't a configurator live yet, but Toyota has released pricing and full info on the Supra's trim levels and options.
We're partial to blue and yellow, although the Launch Edition cars, which have red mirror caps and different wheels, look sharp too. These Launch Edition cars will be the first Supra models to reach dealerships sometime this spring, while Toyota says the rest of the colors won't be available until the fall.
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Reggie Bullock thinks every shot he takes is going in, and that the rest of the Lakers are telling him to keep shooting because the team needs him - Silver Screen and Roll
Reggie Bullock is by no means alone struggling to shoot for the Lakers this season. What might be causing his and everyone else’s struggles from deep?
At some point, ESPN is going to have to put together a documentary asking why NBA players simply forget how to shoot upon joining the Los Angeles Lakers. Reggie Bullock was hitting 38.8 percent of the nearly seven attempts he was taking per game with the Detroit Pistons.
As a Laker, his number of attempts has dropped to 5.1 per game, and his accuracy has fallen off a cliff to only 29.9 percent.
Still, he says he and his teammates still have confidence in his abilities, as he told reporters last week (via Spectrum SportsNet):
“My teammates told me to keep shooting, to believe that I’m a shooter. I believe that every shot I take is going in. I felt like a lot of them were short tonight (against the Bulls), but that’s something for me to get back into the gym and continue to work on.
“But my confidence has to continue to stay there for me to continue to shoot the ball, because that’s what we need for this team, and they depend on me to do that, so I have to make shots.”
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Google+ Gives Final Warning to Backup Data Before It's Deleted
Google has started sending out a new round of emails warning users that they need to backup their Google+ data before April 2, 2019 or it will be deleted.
In October 2018, Google announced that they were shutting down their consumer Google+ social platform in August 2019 due to lack of use and API bug that was discovered that leaked user information. After another bug was disclosed in December 2018, Google decided to move up the retirement date for the consumer platform to April 2019.
Today, Google has started emailing Google+ users who have data saved on the platform telling them to download their data before it becomes deleted as part of this closure.
"You’ve received this email because you have content in Google+ for your personal (consumer) account or a Google+ page you manage.
This is a reminder that on April 2, 2019 we’re shutting down consumer Google+ and will begin deleting content from consumer Google+ accounts. Photos and videos from Google+ in your Album Archive and your Google+ pages will also be deleted."
The email goes on to say that no other Google product such as Gmail, Google Photos, Google Drive, or YouTube will be affected.
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For those who wish to backup their Google+ data, you can follow these steps:
Go to the Google+ Data Download page.
Select all the data categories you wish to save. I suggest you put a checkmark in all of them.
Click on Next Step.
At the next page, specify how you would like to retrieve your archive, whether that be through an emailed link or saved to Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive, or Box. You can also configure the type of archive it is and how large each file should be.
When done, click on the Create Archive button and Google will begin to prepare the archive for you. If you do not have a lot of data, it should be done very quickly while you wait.
When done, you will be presented with an archive that contains all of your textual content saved in HTML files and your photos saved as individual images.
Archived Data
The email further states that you should download your data before March 31st, 2019 as it could take some time to prepare your data and make it available.
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It is Criminal That This McLaren P1 GTR has Never Seen a Race Track and This is Your Opportunity to Fix That 
It hurts my heart to read that this custom ordered three-year-old McLaren P1 GTR hypercar has never set tire to race track, and has never been driven in anger. The odometer reads just 120 miles, and the listing at Canepa.com specifically states “never raced or tracked” which is a travesty. While the P1 GTR isn’t technically street legal anywhere, Mr. Canepa gets away with driving certain things on the street that aren’t legal because of who he is. But with 120 miles, it certainly has not been enjoyed to the extent that it was built for.
From one Bruce to another, this special one-off McLaren P1 GTR features both Bruce Canepa’s specially formulated “Canepa Green” and Bruce McLaren’s signature “Papaya Orange” paint. If it had been painted in one solid color, it might have been too much, but it looks just plain spectacular in both.
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The first iPhone prototype: an exclusive look at Apple’s red M68 - The Verge
Apple’s red iPhone M68 in all its glory
“This is a day I’ve been looking forward to for two and half years,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s late CEO, as he introduced the original iPhone on January 9th, 2007.
Apple had developed the iPhone in secret over those two and a half years, and for many inside the company, the device had only been known by the codenames “M68” and “Purple 2.” Apple was focused on surprising everyone with the iPhone, and that meant that many of the engineers working on the original handset didn’t even know what it would eventually look like.
To achieve that level of secrecy, Apple created special prototype development boards that contained nearly all of the iPhone’s parts, spread out across a large circuit board. The Verge has obtained exclusive access to the original iPhone M68 prototype board from 2006 / 2007, thanks to Red M Sixty, a source that asked to remain anonymous. It’s the first time this board has been pictured publicly, and it provides a rare historical look at an important part of computing history, showing how Apple developed the original iPhone.
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8-year-old wins New York State chess championship
An 8-year-old living in a homeless shelter has won the New York State chess championship for his age bracket.
“I want to be the youngest grandmaster,” Tanitoluwa Adewumi, a Nigerian refugee who goes by Tani, told The New York Times. 
Tanitoluwa placed first in the New York State Scholastic Championships tournament for kindergarten through third grade — a remarkable win for anyone.
“It’s unheard of for any kid, let alone one in a homeless shelter,” Russell Makofsky, who oversees Manhattan's P.S. 116 chess program, told USA TODAY.   
Tanitoluwa hasn't had an easy life. His family left northern Nigeria in 2017 fearing attacks on Christians, The New York Times reports, and moved to New York City over a year ago where the boy learned how to play chess at school. He and his family live in a homeless shelter. 
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Eric Weddle’s selfless attitude fits with Rams: ‘I’m about my team’
In a deep pool of free-agent safeties available, Eric Weddle seemed to find himself near the top of the list for many teams. He reportedly had 11 teams interested and whittled the list down to five before signing with the Rams a little over a week ago.
He joined Los Angeles on a two-year deal worth $10.5 million, a bargain by just about every measure. The Rams were supposed to be his last stop on the free-agent circuit but the team made a strong play to get him in the building first, which may have made all the difference.
From a talent and leadership perspective, the Rams couldn’t have asked for a much better replacement for Lamarcus Joyner at that price. Weddle will come in right away as a starter and a leader in the locker room, completely embodying the Rams’ “We not me” slogan.
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PFF analytics show us what we already know: Brandin Cooks is elite - Turf Show Times
We knew that Cooks was an outstanding WR, PFF shows us that he is elite - and versatile
Any reasonable NFL fan can recognize that Los Angeles Rams WR Brandin Cooks is a very, very talented player. It led many to question why the New Orleans Saints and New England Patriots traded Cooks in successive offseasons.
One mans trash is another’s treasure though, and the Rams jumped at the opportunity to acquire a player the caliber of Cooks. Sean McVay has been able to take Cooks’ talents and integrate them seamlessly into his offense to elevate his already remarkable production.
Last Season, #Rams Tyler Higbee ranked 1st in Quick Outs with a Receiving Rating of 143.3, and Brandin Cooks ranked 2nd in Screens, Post routes, and T-1st in Corner Routes
Check out #PFF's Route-Rating Breakdown for all Receiving positions & routes:https://t.co/RcvCCUefap
— PFF LA Rams (@PFF_Rams) March 18, 2019
Some of these stats can be misleading as you need at least 10 targets with any one route to qualify, but Cooks placing in the top two of three different categories is astounding. It shows that he has the explosiveness to make plays downfield as well as the quickness to be effective in the screen game.
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Brandin Cooks was among league leaders on these 3 routes in 2018
Brandin Cooks continued his consistent ways in 2018, posting his fourth straight season with at least 65 catches and 1,000 yards. It was his first of many years with the Los Angeles Rams, meeting (and exceeding) just about every expectation he faced when he was traded by the Patriots.
Jared Goff targeted Cooks frequently throughout the season, throwing 117 passes his way. More often than not, Cooks came down with receptions, producing an excellent passer rating for Goff.
According to Pro Football Focus, Cooks thrived on three particular routes: corners, posts and screens. On corner routes, he produced a perfect passer rating of 158.3, which was tied for Austin Hooper for the best in the NFL.
On post routes, Cooks’ rating was 143.9, second only behind Jordy Nelson (155.8). With his speed, he was able to get behind the defense and break open for Goff on several occasions. His quickness was also deadly on screen passes, which he produced a rating of 127.4 on – second in the NFL behind Christian Kirk (136.7).
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Sean McVay has turned the Rams into a free-agent destination
As a free agent in the NFL, there are countless factors to weigh when picking a new team. The city, the salary, the opportunity to start and the coaching staff are all in consideration, among other factors, often making it a difficult decision for players on the open market.
The Rams can’t necessarily offer the most money, but when it comes to the coaches, no team has what Los Angeles does: Sean McVay. The 33-year-old head coach has quickly turned around the Rams in just two seasons, doing so in more ways than one.
Sure, he’s an excellent X’s and O’s coach on game days and in the week of preparation, but he’s also turned L.A. into a destination for players. The Rams have signed two outside free agents this offseason – Eric Weddle and Blake Bortles – and both have raved about McVay, mentioning him as one of the primary reasons they picked Los Angeles.
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Best Twitter reactions to Rams signing Blake Bortles
The Los Angeles Rams made their third notable move of the offseason on Monday, signing former Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles to be Jared Goff’s backup. The terms of the deal have not yet been disclosed, but it’s a one-year deal, allowing Bortles to hopefully get his career back on track under the tutelage of Sean McVay.
Bortles’ tenure in Jacksonville came to a screeching halt as he was benched for Cody Kessler last season, just one year after nearly leading the Jaguars to the Super Bowl. With Bortles being such a polarizing player, Twitter had jokes, hot takes and some hilarious reactions to the news.
Here are the best tweets from fans and media members after the Rams signed the former Jaguars quarterback.
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Blake Bortles Signs As The Los Angeles Rams' Backup Quarterback
In Los Angeles! After five extremely eventful seasons in Jacksonville, Blake Bortles will be a Ram. He’s reportedly finalizing a one-year deal to be L.A.’s backup. That means that one year after opening the season as defending AFC runners-up, Bortles will start this year with the defending NFC champs. Does this make Blake Bortles the winningest quarterback in recent memory? I think reasonable people would agree that yes, it does.
Bortles, we are told, had options...
(The Broncos and Ravens were among the teams interested, reportedly.)
The Rams are a good situation for Bortles, or really for any quarterback: A well-rounded, fast-moving, high-powered offense where Sean McVay calls the shots and assumes a lot of the decision-making, leaving the QB with the lone job of executing. While Bortles has certainly had his struggles with that—and while the Rams certainly and desperately hope Jared Goff remains healthy—Bortles is probably an upgrade over previous backup Sean Mannion, who had appeared in 10 games over four seasons for the Rams.
Bortles was drafted third overall in 2014, and never became the signal-caller the Jaguars hoped for. At his absolute best, in a 2017 second-half hot streak, he approximated a competent game manager. That earned him a three-year extension, but he so regressed in 2018 that he lost playing time to Cody Kessler, and the Jags cut him with money still left on his deal after signing Nick Foles. Jacksonville will pay Bortles $6.5 million this year, which likely means the Rams are getting him on the cheap.
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6 things to know about new Rams QB Blake Bortles
The Los Angeles Rams found a new backup quarterback on Monday night, signing Blake Bortles to a one-year deal less than a week after the Jaguars released him. There were reportedly two other teams interested in the quarterback.
Bortles has had a rocky start to his career, going just 26-50 as a starter and throwing 106 touchdown passes and 75 interceptions. However, he’s now joining quarterback guru Sean McVay and has a chance to revive his career with the Rams.
Here are six facts to know about Bortles as he begins his stint in Los Angeles.
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Report: Rams to sign Blake Bortles
The Sean Mannion-era appears to be over. The Los Angeles Rams have agreed to terms on a one-year deal with quarterback Blake Bortles. It was first reported by Jeff Darlington of ESPN and confirmed by the team.
Bortles will slide in as Jared Goff’s backup, meaning the Rams will be moving on from Mannion, their 2015 third-round pick. Mannion never looked good during the preseason, and nearly lost his job to Brandon Allen last offseason.
Many fans had been calling for an upgrade behind Goff, and the Rams’ front office clearly felt the same way. Bortles has caught a lot of flak for never living up to his draft status, but he’s a more than capable backup. The third overall pick of the 2014 draft, Bortles spent the first five years of his career with the Jaguars.
He led Jacksonville to the AFC championship game two seasons ago, which earned him a hefty contract extension. He immediately regressed again last year, and was soon benched for Cody Kessler. He ended up reclaiming the starting job at the end of the season, but made it just one year into his new deal.
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Rams to sign QB Blake Bortles to one-year deal - Turf Show Times
IT’S BORTLING TIME!
Per the official team site, the Los Angeles Rams are signing former Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles to a one-year deal to back up starting QB Jared Goff. Terms of the deal have not been disclosed.
Sosa covered the news on Friday when Bortles scheduled today’s visit with the Rams:
Bortles was the third-overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. After a tumultuous career with the Jaguars, Bortles was released just recently after the team signed free agent QB Nick Foles. Bortles — who was owed a large sum of money — hits free agency as a quarterback with 73 career starts under his belt. In his five-year career, Bortles has amassed 103 touchdowns, 75 interceptions, and 17,646 passing yards.
The deal means the Rams are all but certain to let QB Sean Mannion hit the free agency market.
It’s worth noting that Bortles and Goff share the same representation in REP1 Football along with Rams WR Brandin Cooks and WR Cooper Kupp and RB Justin Davis and LB Bryce Hager.
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Bortles reaches deal with Rams to back up Goff
Former Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles has agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Rams to be Jared Goff's backup, the team announced Monday.
Bortles is expected to bring experience and stability to the backup role behind Goff.
Sean Mannion, who is now an unrestricted free agent, spent the past four seasons as a backup with the Rams. A third-round pick in 2015, Mannion passed for 258 yards, with an interception, in 10 games. Last season, Mannion played the majority of the snaps in the preseason, as Rams coach Sean McVay elected to not play the majority of his starters, including Goff. Mannion struggled in three preseason starts and created uncertainty about his ability to step in if needed.
The Rams also have quarterback Brandon Allen on the roster.
The Jaguars waived Bortles after five tumultuous seasons just hours after signing free-agent quarterback Nick Foles.
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iPhone Prototypes Find Their Way to Hackers and Researchers Alike - SecureMac
Have you ever wondered about how hackers or security researchers can figure out where the hidden flaws in iOS lay? For years, that’s been a big question, from concerns about how companies such as Cellebrite and GrayKey found their way into iOS to how researchers were able to examine how the Secure Enclave works. Thanks to a report by Motherboard picked up by Cult of Mac; we now have a better idea of what’s behind it all: internal prototypes somehow stolen from Apple and then re-sold on the gray market.
What are these prototypes? Called “dev-fused” devices, these are iPhones used by Apple employees and developers within the company to test features, hunt for bugs, and otherwise prepare the next iteration of hardware or software for the public. To allow the developers to do all these things, dev-fused units typically have many of iOS’s built-in security features disabled. Most notable, according to the report, is the word that dev-fused devices do not have system-level encryption running on the Secure Enclave, the processor which handles all the phone’s fingerprint and facial recognition processing. 
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App to no good: everything you need to know about Telegram — The Calvert Journal
One of the most successful messaging apps to have emerged in recent years, Telegram is currently engaged in a bitter battle with the Russian authorities. As a Moscow court orders the app to be banned, Katie Davies takes a look at how Telegram works, its iconoclastic founder and why its fate is important
Messaging app Telegram has become the latest online battleground in Russia as fears rise that the Kremlin is heading towards China-like censorship of an entire Internet platform. Similar in design to other messaging apps like WhatsApp or Viber, Telegram, which launched in 2013, is a popular way to send texts, photos, videos and links to other phones or devices. The service has an estimated 9 million users in Russia and many millions more across the world.
Amid a court fight in Moscow, Telegram has taken a principled stance on privacy. If a ban on the platform goes ahead, however, it could set an important precedent for Russia, which has never blocked online resources before in this way. The Calvert Journal explains what Telegram is and why this conflict is so important for the future of the Russian Internet.
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Google, Microsoft work together for a year to figure out new type of Windows flaw | Ars Technica
Researcher finds building blocks for privilege escalation: Can they be assembled to create a flaw?
One of the more notable features of Google Project Zero's (GPZ) security research has been its 90-day disclosure policy. In general, vendors are given 90 days to address issues found by GPZ, after which the flaws will be publicly disclosed. But sometimes understanding a flaw and developing fixes for it takes longer than 90 days—sometimes, much longer, such as when a new class of vulnerability is found. That's what happened last year with the Spectre and Meltdown processor issues, and it has happened again with a new Windows issue.
Google researcher James Forshaw first grasped that there might be a problem a couple of years ago when he was investigating the exploitability of another Windows issue published three years ago. In so doing, he discovered the complicated way in which Windows performs permissions checks when opening files or other secured objects. A closer look at the involved parts showed that there were all the basic elements to create a significant elevation of privilege attack, enabling any user program to open any file on the system, regardless of whether the user should have permission to do so. The big question was, could these elements be assembled in just the right way to cause a problem, or would good fortune render the issue merely theoretical?
The basic rule is simple enough: when a request to open a file is being made from user mode, the system should check that the user running the application that's trying to open the file has permission to access the file. The system does this by examining the file's access control list (ACL) and comparing it to the user's user ID and group memberships. However, if the request is being made from kernel mode, the permissions checks should be skipped. That's because the kernel in general needs free and unfettered access to every file.
google  security  microsoft  windows  bug  research 
2 days ago
Reliquary: Nazareth [1980.03.16] Razamanaz In Wonderland [FM]
Nazareth
'Razamanaz In Wonderland'
Malice In Wonderland Tour
Hammersmith Odeon, London, England
Sunday March 16th, 1980
FM Broadcast Recording
Encoded: 320 Kbps MP3
https://www.spirit-of-metal.com/en/album/Razamanaz_in_Wonderland/208810
https://www.setlist.fm/setlist/nazareth/1980/hammersmith-odeon-london-england-53c2bb01.html
Track List: (Artwork Included)
01 Telegram
02 Razamanaz
03 I Want To (Do Everything For You)
04 Showdown At The Border
05 Heart's Grown Cold
06 Cocaine
07 Big Boy
08 Holiday
09 This Flight Tonight
10 Hair Of The Dog
11 Talkin' To One Of The Boys                                                     
12 Expect No Mercy
13 Broken Down Angel
14 Bad Bad Boy
music  nazareth  hard_rock  80s  concert  radio  bootlegs 
2 days ago
Reliquary: Nazareth [1976.02.27] Opening For Deep Purple [FM]
Nazareth
Opening For Deep Purple
Long Beach Arena
Long Beach, California, USA
Friday February 27th, 1976
FM Broadcast Recording
Encoded: 320 Kbps MP3
Track List:
01 - Razamanaz
02 - This Flight Tonight
03 - Night Woman
04 - Love Hurts
05 - Woke Up This Morning
music  nazareth  hard_rock  70s  concert  radio  bootlegs 
2 days ago
0DAYROX ► Melodic Rock, AOR, Hard Rock, Prog, Classic Rock news: THE BLACK CROWES - Amorica [Digitally Remastered +3]
And here's the last of  THE BLACK CROWES remastered reissue albums available; their third effort titled "Amorica", here including 2 bonus tracks. As extra, we added the bonus track only appeared in U.S. original edition.
On "Amorica", The Black Crowes finally come into their own, taking their cue from the most relaxed, groove-oriented tracks on their previous LP. While this album contains no immediately obvious singles, the songs are among the best the band has ever written, stretching out into a hard, jam-oriented, funky blues-rock.
The Black Crowes' influences are still discernible -- no band celebrates the glory days of rock culture quite as enthusiastically -- but they use them as an amalgam for their own vision of this timeless musical genre.
"Amorica" it's a starting point that leads the band into a new direction, incorporating different musical genres, and making the music original. That sense of reinterpretation is what keeps "Amorica" fresh.
music  blues_rock  90s  remaster  download  black_crowes 
2 days ago
0DAYROX ► Melodic Rock, AOR, Hard Rock, Prog, Classic Rock news: THE BLACK CROWES - The Southern Harmony And Musical Companion [Remastered +2]
Now we have here another THE BLACK CROWES remastered reissue request, their sophomore album "The Southern Harmony And Musical Companion" including 2 bonus tracks.
The addition of the more technically gifted guitarist Marc Ford and a full-time organist gives The Black Crowes room to stretch out on "The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion", perhaps the band's finest moment.
Using Rich Robinson's descending chord progressions as a base, the band grooves its way through a remarkably fresh-sounding collection of rockers and ballads, tearing into the material with flair and confidence and really coming into its own as a top-notch rock & roll outfit.
From the one-two, uptempo punch of openers 'Sting Me' and its soulful cousin 'Remedy', through the melancholic beauty of 'Bad Luck Blue Eyes Goodbye' to the strut and swagger of 'Hotel Illness' and 'No Speak No Slave', to a New Orleans-flavored take on Bob Marley’s 'Time Will Tell', "The Southern Harmony And Musical Companion" was the exhilarating sound of a band hitting its stride.
music  blues_rock  90s  remaster  download  black_crowes 
2 days ago
0DAYROX ► Melodic Rock, AOR, Hard Rock, Prog, Classic Rock news: THE BLACK CROWES - Shake Your Money Maker [Remastered +3]
And here's another request, THE BLACK CROWES terrific debut album "Shake Your Money Maker" in its remastered version plus bonus tracks.
In 1990, just on the cusp of a musical revolution, a new band emerged from Georgia to challenge everything that was going on in rock and roll. The biggest rock bands in the world had been playing around with the blues, but now there was a new act who lived and breathed it.
The Black Crowes were unlike all the other bands (except maybe the London Quireboys) and their debut album "Shake Your Money Maker" shook the money tree.
With George Drakoulias in the producer’s chair, the Crowes laid down a darn fine debut album. They drew influence from the '70s: bands like the Stones and Skynyrd, as well as the old Mississippi Delta bluesmen. The slide-drenched “Twice As Hard” certainly didn’t sound like a new band in 1990, but its honest authenticity has kept in a fan favourite for decades. Listen to Rich Robinson’s slide and dig in. Vocalist Chris Robinson’s bluesy drawl delivers a hell of a chorus. “Twice As Hard” is perfect in every measure.
Rolling right into the first single “Jealous Again” the Crowes sound like the offspring of the Stones at their boogie-woogie best. During the summer of 1990, you simply could not escape these songs.
The Stones had their 'Angie', the Black Crowes have their “Sister Luck”. Shake Your Money Maker is a well rounded album with a few piano based slow tracks. You want authenticity? That’s Chuck Leavell on keys (he’s been playing with the Rolling Stones for decades).
music  blues_rock  90s  remaster  download  black_crowes 
2 days ago
0DAYROX ► Melodic Rock, AOR, Hard Rock, Prog, Classic Rock news: THE RUNAWAYS - The Best Of The Runaways (2019)
A newly expanded LP edition of "The Best of THE RUNAWAYS", by all-girl rock sensations of the Seventies, is now available via UMe. It features the best-loved songs by the all-female teenage band who caused a commotion on the rock scene in the second half of the decade with their line-up of singer Cherie Currie, guitarists Joan Jett and Lita Ford, bassist Jackie Fox and drummer Sandy West.
The Los Angeles quintet, managed and produced by fabled record man Kim Fowley, became known for powerful, uncompromising rock anthems such as ‘Cherry Bomb,’ ‘You Drive Me Wild,’ ‘Queens Of Noise’ and ‘I Love Playin’ with Fire.’
This 13-song retrospective draws on material from their original Mercury albums The Runaways, Queens of Noise and Waitin’ For The Night, plus a couple taken from 'Live In Japan'.
The new Best-Of is available on standard black vinyl as well as a limited edition fire engine red colored vinyl edition. There’s also a special bundle offering a Runaways t-shirt coupled with the limited edition colored vinyl, available exclusively through uDiscover Music.
This new expanded edition of "The Best of THE RUNAWAYS" (first time on vinyl) feature a new cover photograph of the group.
The group’s early single ‘Cherry Bomb’ brought them to international attention when their image was deemed too edgy by the American media.
The hard-hitting rock ‘n’ roll of the Runaways was as significant culturally as it was musically, opening doors for many female artists in what was a largely male-dominated rock landscape of the time.
In a live review of the band in 1976, the Los Angeles Times were moved to call them “the most potent and sassy girl group to emerge since the Shangri-Las” and “one of the most refreshing bands to emerge from the streets of the Los Angeles basin.”
It's collectors stuff.
music  hard_rock  70s  women  download 
2 days ago
Jack White Pays Tribute to Dick Dale | Music News | Consequence of Sound
Beach Boys' Brian Wilson, R.E.M.'s Mike Mills, Slash, and more also praise the "King of Surf Guitar"
Surf rock trailblazer Dick Dale passed away over the weekend at the age of 81. Tributes to “The King of the Surf Guitar” have since poured in from fans as well as musicians alike. Today, Jack White, a modern-day pioneer in his own right, paid homage to Dale with a touching post on social media.
“It is saddening to hear of the passing of the incredible guitar player Dick Dale. “I spent many moments learning his massive reverbed guitar licks in my bedroom, and still enjoy playing his song ‘Nitro’ whenever I can,” the Detroit blues rocker wrote on Third Man Records’ Instagram account. “Sadly, I never got to meet him.”
White continued his message by praising Dale’s groundbreaking techniques and fondly recalling attending one of his concerts as a teen:
“A unique innovator of the guitar with pick melting style and swagger for miles. I can remember traveling up to Pontiac from Detroit by myself to watch him play when I was sixteen. That upside down gold sparkle Fender of his needs to be hung up some place special.”
Read White’s full tribute to Dale below.
music  guitar  jack_white  RIP  60s 
2 days ago
This Chase Scene From Quantum of Solace Is Still Sublimely Awesome
When we asked you to name every single James Bond car ever, it did my heart good to see so many of you chime in to stick up for 2008's Quantum of Solace. Nearly every review I've seen of Skyfall so far has mentioned what a "dud" or a "disaster" its prequel was, and I don't think that criticism was fair at all.
Sure, Quantum isn't a perfect movie. Its story is kind of all over the place. But there are a lot of things to love about it too, like Daniel Craig's general lethality from start to finish, bad guys that were detestable in a real world sense, a great set piece with the burning hotel at the end, a satisfying conclusion to the events in Casino Royale, and Gemma Arterton as Ms. Fields.
But my favorite part of the movie comes within the first three minutes when we're treated to one of the better car chases in Bond movie history. It's short, it's intense, it's brutal, and it's a lot of fun to watch.
Our hero is driving an Aston Martin DBS with a throaty V12 engine, while the bad guy vehicle of choice is an Alfa Romeo 159 with a 3.2-liter V6. Under normal circumstances that isn't even remotely a fair fight, except here there are two Alfas, their drivers have assault rifles, and the chase takes place on a winding, two-lane roadway in heavy traffic. Do not try this at home, kiddos.
It's such a desperate, frenetic, obstacle-laden chase, and through it all the Aston gets tore the fuck up. (This shouldn't surprise anyone since Daniel Craig's James Bond goes through Astons like normal people go through cigarettes.) The moment about 50 seconds in where Bond loses a door, spins into a wall and narrowly misses an oncoming truck? I still get chills seeing that.
Plus, the scene is awesome because it's made pretty clear that this DB9 has three pedals and a stick. An automatic for 007? Please.
Eventually Bond manages to dispatch the last Alfa using his rifle, after which he drives into town and nonchalantly opens the trunk to reveal his cargo — a tied up Mr. White, one of the baddies from the previous movie. "It's time to get out," he says. BAD ASS.
007  movies  cars  action  video  aston  alfa 
2 days ago
James Bond Is Reportedly Driving the Electric Aston Martin Rapide and We Just Have to Accept It
It’s been over 10 years since the Aston Martin DBS engine note blew me away in the opening car chase to 2008's Quantum of Solace and I’ve never forgotten it, but the new Bond movie is reportedly going to be much different, with Bond driving the upcoming electric Aston Martin Rapide.
Starting with the DB5 in 1964's Goldfinger, Bond has had a very long, off-and-on working relationship with Aston Martin. Daniel Craig’s portrayal of the character has driven the DB5, DBS, and the DB10, which previewed the eventual production version of the new Vantage.
British tabloid The Sun now reports that Bond won’t be driving any of the new noisy Aston Martins, though. Here’s a snip from the report...
cars  007  aston  electric  movies 
2 days ago
iPhone XI might get a Triple-lens Camera, Suggests Apple Leaks
Apple is reportedly expected to launch its iPhone XI with surprising upgrades, but by far the most controversial and ugly prototype design now seems to be Apple’s chosen iPhone design.
Reputable Japanese website Macotakara reports contacts within the Chinese supply chain of Apple verified that the alleged iPhone XI will add a triple camera array on the back of the phone in a large protruding square.
This design was originally leaked by renowned industry insider Steve Hemmerstoffer (aka OnLeaks) back in January which was badly mocked as too ugly for Apple to use. A second iPhone prototype was also leaked by OnLeaks which received positive feedback, however, Apple has picked the “only a mother could love” design.
Macotakara also reports that Apple has slightly tweaked the design to make the three rear cameras symmetrical. Having said that, the large square housing appears totally at odds with the aesthetic of the company’s much-loved minimalist design.
Surprisingly, the design seems forged. Huawei has already implemented a square triple camera in the Mate 20 Pro, but it has a central position that looks much better.
Certainly, there are rumors that Apple is struggling to bring a foldable iPhone to market, but it’s difficult to comprehend how iPhone XI’s design (coupled with its 5G omission and still no fast charger) will do enough to reverse iPhone sales. Particularly with apparently planned cancellations at the entry level.
Currently, The success story of the iPhone seems to get worse before it gets better.
iphoneXI  rumor 
2 days ago
2019 Hot Wheels H Case #171 - 2018 Honda Civic Type R - New Model - Hall's Guide for Hot Wheels Collectors
Episode 320 – Here is one of the hottest New Models from the 2019 Hot Wheels H Case. It’s the 2018 Honda Civic Type R. Did you know this is the 10th generation of the Honda Civic?
cars  hot_wheels  honda  video 
2 days ago
Mueller, She Wrote - A Podcast Unraveling the Trump-Russia Investigation
WE ARE MUELLER, SHE WROTE
Mueller She Wrote is a binder full of women unraveling the mysteries of the Mueller investigation.  Join us each week as your hosts simplify the absurd amount of Mueller news and wrap it up into informative, hilarious bites. MSW is committed to separating the facts from conjecture with just the right amount of snark.
COME FOR THE NEWS, STAY FOR THE FANTASY INDICTMENT DRAFT!
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2 days ago
Mueller, She Wrote
Mueller, She Wrote is a team of three women unraveling the mysteries of the Trump-Russia investigation. We release a new episode EVERY WEEK, which means YOU can count on us to keep you up-to-date and informed on the latest developments in this historical investigation and this historically stupid administration. THANK YOU! And happy listening! 
Official Wesbite: www.muellershewrote.com
mueller 
2 days ago
What's the Matter With Lonely Planet?
Updated: 1/19/2019
When I decided to quit my job and travel the world, I walked into a bookstore and bought Lonely Planet’s Southeast Asia on a Shoestring. I was in Thailand and was eager to get started. Buying that guidebook made my impulsive decision seem real. Thumbing through its pages on my flight home, I was hooked. I loved its emphasis on budget travel and backpacking, the offbeat destinations, and its quirky and funny writing. As I planned my trip, LP’s “shoestring” guides were stacked high on my desk — and I became a permanent customer of Lonely Planet guides. Their personality matched mine and I was hooked.
Dubbed “the backpacker’s blue bible,” Lonely Planet’s guidebooks focused on unique destinations and budget travel, which made them a staple of travelers worldwide. For good or ill, Lonely Planet often made destinations, hostels, and restaurants.
Sure, its guides became synonymous with mass tourism, but for me, they were a great resource to thumb over while on a bus or train, or in a hostel. I navigated with LP maps and used LP guides for basic activity information and to figure out transportation.
But, lately, their quality seems to have gone down a lot. The last couple of times I’ve used their website and guides ended in frustration and disappointment and made me ask myself:
“What the heck is the matter with Lonely Planet?”
Is Lonely Planet still even good or relevant?
While it’s still the largest guidebook company in the world with 25% of the market, it’s fallen from its perch as “the bible” for budget travelers. After being sold to BBC in 2007 and then sold again to a reclusive billionaire named Brad Kelley in 2013, Lonely Planet is a shell of what it used to be. Kelley hired a 25-year-old photographer named Daniel Houghton, who came on board and “invested heavily in a digital revamp and laid off nearly one-fifth of the workforce.”
To further quote that Outside article, “I [the author] ask what the market research says about all that. ‘I didn’t really look at it,’ [Houghton] says, lowering his voice conspiratorially. ‘I don’t really go with market research. I kinda go with my gut.’”
And that’s where much of the blame lies.
travel  books  business 
2 days ago
Why Phone Numbers Stink As Identity Proof — Krebs on Security
Phone numbers stink for security and authentication. They stink because most of us have so much invested in these digits that they’ve become de facto identities. At the same time, when you lose control over a phone number — maybe it’s hijacked by fraudsters, you got separated or divorced, or you were way late on your phone bill payments — whoever inherits that number can then be you in a lot of places online.
How exactly did we get to the point where a single, semi-public and occasionally transient data point like a phone number can unlock access to such a large part of our online experience? KrebsOnSecurity spoke about this at length with Allison Nixon, director of security research at New York City-based cyber intelligence firm Flashpoint.
Nixon said much of her perspective on mobile identity is colored by the lens of her work, which has her identifying some of the biggest criminals involved in hijacking phone numbers via SIM swapping attacks. Illegal SIM swaps allow fraudsters to hijack a target’s phone’s number and use it to steal financial data, passwords, cryptocurrencies and other items of value from victims.
Nixon said countless companies have essentially built their customer authentication around the phone number, and that a great many sites still let users reset their passwords with nothing more than a one-time code texted to a phone number on the account. In this attack, the fraudster doesn’t need to know the victim’s password to hijack the account: He just needs to have access to the target’s mobile phone number.
“As a consumer, I’m forced to use my phone number as an identity document, because sometimes that’s the only way to do business with a site online,” Nixon said. “But from that site’s side, when they see a password reset come in via that phone number, they have no way to know if that’s me. And there’s nothing anyone can do to stop it except to stop using phone numbers as identity documents.”
telephone  security  privacy  ID  krebs  authentication  cellphones 
3 days ago
The Porsche You Never Knew About... | DriveTribe
When it comes to Porsche, what springs to mind? 911? Cayman? Taycan?
Sometimes people forget that Porsche produced the 924 and the 968, and they're bloody good cars. At the heart of the 968 was a 3.0 litre, four cylinder engine capable of producing around 235 bhp, plenty of power at the time. People yearned for more power so Porsche produced a limited run of "Turbo S" variants.
Around 15 examples were produced which makes the 968 Turbo S more exclusive than a LaFerrari. To extract more power from the 3.0 litre engine the car was improved upon by the motorsport division of Porsche. If there's anyone who knows how to build a great car, it's them (Porsche GT1 - I'm looking at you!)
The 968 was a Frankenstein-like monster as they'd taken the head and turbo from a 994 Turbo S and enhanced the standard model, increasing BHP from 235 to 305 and adding a huge chunk of torque.
It wasn't just performance orientated goodies that the 968 received, it also gained some new ducts, lowered suspension and a lovely spoiler.
I for one would love to drive a car like this, raw power within a relatively light shell would make for one hell of a ride. There's one for sale if you're feeling flush however, there is no asking price so be sure to dig deep!
cars  porsche  history  drivetribe  engine 
3 days ago
Adam Serwer: White Nationalism’s Deep American Roots - The Atlantic
A long-overdue excavation of the book that Hitler called his “bible,” and the man who wrote it
Robert bowers wanted everyone to know why he did it.
“I can’t sit by and watch my people get slaughtered,” he posted on the social-media network Gab shortly before allegedly entering the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh on October 27 and gunning down 11 worshippers. He “wanted all Jews to die,” he declared while he was being treated for his wounds. Invoking the specter of white Americans facing “genocide,” he singled out HIAS, a Jewish American refugee-support group, and accused it of bringing “invaders in that kill our people.” Then–Attorney General Jeff Sessions, announcing that Bowers would face federal charges, was unequivocal in his condemnation: “These alleged crimes are incomprehensibly evil and utterly repugnant to the values of this nation.”
The pogrom in Pittsburgh, occurring just days before the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht, seemed fundamentally un-American to many. Sessions’s denunciation spoke to the reality that most Jews have found a welcome home in the United States. His message also echoed what has become an insistent refrain in the Donald Trump era. Americans want to believe that the surge in white-supremacist violence and recruitment—the march in Charlottesville, Virginia, where neo-Nazis chanted “Jews will not replace us”; the hate crimes whose perpetrators invoke the president’s name as a battle cry—has no roots in U.S. soil, that it is racist zealotry with a foreign pedigree and marginal allure.
nationalism  hate  racism  history  books  politics  gov2.0  KKK 
3 days ago
Calling Out White Nationalist Bullies
I’ve always despised bullies.
Ever since I was a young boy I could see them clearly; on the playground and in the hallways and on the street corners—the way they terrorized people while being themselves internally terrified.
Even as they brutalized the other kids with words and fists, I heard the shaking of their voices and noticed their quivering hands, and I knew how petrified they were.
I almost pitied them.
Almost.
I watched them prey upon those who were vulnerable or alone or different—not because these people posed any true threat to them, but because the violence provided a moment of escape from the voice in their heads that told them they were worthless and unloved and endangered. They could only find value if they had a space to own and impose their will on people within: a classroom, an alleyway, a neighborhood. They needed a domain to define themselves by.
Some of these grammar school bullies grew up. They eventually had words of love spoken into their ears or they tapped into their inherent humanity or they found a sense of worth outside of wounding other people.
Some weren’t so lucky.
hate  nationalism  KKK 
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